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Please note that the programme featured below is provisional and may be subject to change. 

Conference Day 1

MONDAY 13 MAY 2019


Session 1.0.1: Keynote session

9:00 Welcome address from host port
Osorio Lucas, Chief Executive Officer, Maputo Port Development Company, Mozambique*

9:10 Opening address from host port and rail authority
Eng. Miguel José Matabel, Chairman of the Board of Directors, CFM, Mozambique*

9:20 Keynote address
Hon. Carlos Mesquita, Minister of Transport and Communications, Ministry of Transport & Communications, Mozambique*

9:40 Attracting foreign investment to drive the Ports an Rail industry to new heights
Lourenco Sambo, Director General, Agency for Investment and Export Promotion, Mozambique*

10:10 Panel discussion: Intra-African trade: Building sustainable economic development and integration

  • The role of Ports and Railways to speed up transit and regional trade flows in SADC an East Africa
  • The role of State Owned Enterprises to form Corridor Strategic Alliances across the region with key Operators to facilitate the movement of transit cargo and regional trade
  • The role of Ports to ease the flow of goods through feeding corridors
  • How Mozambique and hinterland countries can cooperate to improve rail connectivity
  • How Mozambique government legislation can facilitate port-rail integration


Networking coffee break


Session 1.0.2: Boosting regional trade, integration and connectivity

A series of updates from leading experts and corridors providing insight into challenges and opportunities for improving regional trade and connectivity.

  • Corridor development to enhance African Trade – The role of CMI’s
  • Lessons from the Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative
  • What the signed Africa Continental Free Trade Area Agreement means for Mozambique?
  • Lessons from the Nacala Logistics Corridor




Session 1.0.3: Ports spotlights session

A series of updates from local and international ports authorities and terminal operators providing insight into challenges and opportunities for ports development.


End of day 1

*= Invited speaker

Conference Day 2



Session 2.0.1: Infrastructure, investment and development

A series of updates from industry experts on major commodities that is driving infrastructure development forward and the types of funding and investment opportunities available.

  • Infrastructure funding and investment opportunities
  • Agriculture and coal as a major contributor to Mozambique’s economy
  • Developing one of the world’s largest liquefied natural gas projects in Mozambique


Networking coffee break


Session 2.0.2: Rail spotlight session

A series of updates from local and international rail authorities and operators around Mozambique and hinterland countries providing insight into both maintenance and development projects.




Session 2.0.3: Enabling growth through technological innovation

A series of updates on how the latest technologies can make ports and rail services more efficient, predictable and reliable while increasing its competitiveness. 

  • Blockchain in commodity trading and transportation
  • Management systems and solutions for port operations
  • The future of signaling systems and electrification of railway lines


End of conference